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Chicago remasters

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by John Tillman, Jul 19, 2002.

  1. John Tillman

    John Tillman Supporting Actor

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    Has anyone any experience with these yet? Rhino just released CTA, II & III and they seem to be a mixed bag from what I've read.

    They always seemed like an AM radio thing to me, yet they have huge body of work, some of it is very good. I picked up the Very Best of Chicago (also a new release) which contains like 39 titles as I never had any Chicago LP's that I was looking to replace.

    I found the first 13 tracks to be great:
    1. Make Me Smile
    2. 25 or 6 to 4
    3. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
    4. Beginnings
    5. Questions 67 and 68 (Lamm)
    6. I'm a Man
    7. Colour My World
    8. Free
    9. Lowdown
    10. Saturday in the Park
    11. Dialogue Pt. 1 and 2
    12. Just You 'N' Me
    13. Feelin' Stronger Every Day

    I've never heard these songs sound better. So much clearer from all versions i've ever heard, I could pick out voices or instruments and focus on just them. Only complaint would be the soundstage never got set up like the SACD of say Blood Sweat & Tears where voices and instruments were placed across the front soundstage. The bulk of Chicago's music was stationary in the L/F channel probably because most of it was mono (I'm trying to confirm that).

    I was disappointed from track 14 and on. The sound became hollow and lifeless like it got no-noised. Not all of it but a lot of it.

    Overall, this is a nice compilation for me but I do hope they start doing DVD-A's of the albums. There is mucho great material here and it deserves the hi-rez treatment.
     
  2. Anthony Hom

    Anthony Hom Supporting Actor

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    How does Make Me Smile sound compared to the previous mix? It's always been a little muddy sounding, but not too separated.
     
  3. John Tillman

    John Tillman Supporting Actor

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  4. Alex Shk

    Alex Shk Stunt Coordinator

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    I'll pick up CTA and II this weekend. I'm not to keen that they edited out the percussion segments of I'm a Man and Beginnings on the Greatest Hits set. As I'm more familiar with the lp versions, all of those "single edits" and "new edits" are not the way I remember them....

    Except for 25 or 6 to 4, and I understand the original single edit is included as a bonus track on II.
     
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    What I really want is for Chicago to meet AIX Records and do a live session for a new DVD-A, but more on that later...[​IMG]
     
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    Al B. C Supporting Actor

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    No Terry Kath = hollow and lifeless. [​IMG]
     
  7. Doug_B

    Doug_B Screenwriter

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    Cool. I will pick up CTA real soon. Funny how I recently was thinking how cool this would be in Hi Rez.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Doug
     
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  9. Alex Shk

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    I must say that I am dissapointed that the "single version" of "25 or 6 to 4" on II is the stereo version edited to sound like the single. I owned that single many moons ago, prior to buying the album, and i always wondered why the single sounded so much better. Now it just sounds like the faulty stereo version, only shorter....
     
  10. John Geelan

    John Geelan Screenwriter

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    I've been very happy with the remasters and the new GH's package.
    It's been great to hear Chicago playing on the stereo once again.

    JohnG
     

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